This is the story of how a man with a background in physics, mechanical engineering, nuclear power and medical devices invented the Coravin System and forever changed the world of wine.
I fell in love with wine as a young man and had amassed an at-home collection that began collecting dust while my wife was pregnant. I still wanted to enjoy great glasses of wine, but didn’t want to commit to full bottles. For me, wine is a thinking beverage – it’s something you contemplate, experience side by side. I wanted to taste three or four different bottles, but wasn’t about to pull the cork on four bottles in one night. I tried preservation systems, but nothing effectively allowed me to drink what I wanted, when I wanted, without sacrifice. Regardless of the preservation method, each time I pulled the cork, oxidation started and I was locked into the bottle. My dream was to magically pour wine from bottles without ever pulling the cork.
So here I am, an expert in needles. In particular, needles that don’t do damage to things. So I came up with an idea to pass a non-coring needle through the cork while it was still in the bottle. My hope was that I could then return the remaining wine to my cellar, and enjoy it again and again, whenever I desired. I’m a science geek, so what followed was a decade of development and testing until I had a system that left the cork in place, but still delivered great glasses of wine, indistinguishable from untouched bottles.
The Coravin System has entirely changed my relationship with wine by giving me the freedom to access any wine, at any time, in any quantity, without ever pulling the cork. The best part is that I can share my love of wine with my friends and family – my cellar has become my wine bar. It is my belief that Coravin will similarly transform the way that you and your friends enjoy wine.